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Healthy Fig Newtons (vegan + gluten-free)

Healthy Fig Newtons (vegan + gluten-free)

These Healthy Fig Newton bars have the perfect balance of crunchy and soft, and make the perfect snack, anytime of day!

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Did you grow up eating fig newtons? I personally did not, as there was no way my 10-year-old self would go anywhere near a cookie with fruit in it. Furthermore, the thought of figs disgusted me. Because let's be honest here, I was the type of girl who really didn't like anything I hadn't tried before. 

In the past couple years, however, I have tried more new things than I can even remember. I would be lying if I said I liked every single new thing I tried, but I am definitely telling the truth when I say there's a WHOLE lot more good tasting food than macaroni and cheese :-). 

Speaking of, I actually tried fresh figs for the FIRST TIME last week, and I am absolutely obsessed with them! So when I saw homemade fig newtons taking over my instagram feed these past couple weeks, I knew I had to create my own. 

These fig bars are slightly crunchy on the outside, and oh so sweet and fudgy on the inside, without ANY added sugar besides fruit! In fact, they're so good that they were gone in less than 24 hours...oops! Honestly though, that's fine by me; another batch, coming right up!

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Healthy Fig Newtons (vegan + gluten-free)

Yields 8 bars
Prep Time 15 min
Cook Time 30 min
Total Time 45 min

These Healthy Fig Newton bars have the perfect balance of crunchy and soft, and make the perfect snack, anytime of day!

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups dried figs (230g)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (60mL)

  • 1/4 cup water (60mL)

Crust:

  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour (160g)

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (28g)

  • 2 tablespoons flax meal (14g)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (180g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. 

  2. In a food processor, blend the filling ingredients until you have a smooth paste. Set aside. 

  3. In a large bowl, mix together the crust ingredients until a thick dough forms. 

  4. Press half of the crust mixture evenly in the loaf pan. 

  5. Spread the filling on top, and then add the rest of the crust on top of that. 

  6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, then allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

  7. Will stay fresh in the fridge for up to five days.

*Recipe inspired by @figgiethefoodie and @cleaneatsbytay on instagram*


I absolutely love it when you guys try my recipes! Please share your creations and tag me #simplybalancedliv or @simplybalancedliv. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

xx

Liv

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